Hopefuls in a race to represent District 2 on Statesboro’s City Council have committed to attend a candidate forum being held this week. Challengers Sam Jones, Donald Logan and Lance Turner say they are eager to participate in a public forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Honey Bowen Building.
“I want people to know my plans for this district and what I plan to offer,” said Turner, who owns and operates Eagles Nest Learning Center in Statesboro. “The reality is that it is time for change. Nothing has happened for a long time in the district.”
“I want people to get a chance to see and hear me,” said Jones, and independent life insurance salesman. “I want them to recognize, with the experience that I have, that I am the man for the job.”
The forum is sponsored by the Statesboro Herald and will be shown live on statesborherald.com beginning at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a meet-and-greet with the candidates at 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Room of the Honey Bowen Building, which is located on Max Lockwood Drive, across the street from the El Sombrero/Holiday’s Greek Restaurant shopping center.
The public is invited to speak with Jones, Logan and Turner face-to-face about any issues or to just meet the candidates.
“We have been talking to people and inviting them to the forum,” said Logan, a pastor and retired military veteran. “I want people to learn about my past experience in working in the district and with the city; and what we plan to do to advance the district.”
The forum will be moderated by Joe McGlamery, president of the Statesboro Herald. Candidates will be given two minutes each to introduce themselves and then be asked six questions relating to their candidacy and issues in the city, alternating in order of who answered a question first. Candidates will have up to two minutes to respond to each question. One question will come directly from the Statesboro Herald and five questions will come from the audience. People in attendance will be encouraged to submit questions for the candidates to answer.
Candidates will be given two minutes each to make a closing statement
“I am asking people to look back and make their decisions based on what comes out of the forum,” said Logan. “I just want people to hear what has to be said and make up their minds for themselves.”
The council hopefuls will look to continue what they say have been successful campaigns to date.
“[The campaign] is going real good. We have gotten a great response from the community while going door to door meeting people,” said Turner. “I want to bring back a sense of community in District 2.”
“The campaign is going well,” said Jones. “I have gone door to door and received very positive greetings when meeting my neighbors.”
“My signs are staying up,” quipped Logan. “The campaign is looking good on our side.”
The fourth candidate in the District 2 race, Incumbent Councilman Gary Lewis, rejected an invite and says he will not take part in the forum.
“I’m going to have to pass on this one,” he said.
Lewis, who has held a council seat since 1998 and is the longest-serving member, offered no further explanation about his decision to not attend.
Election Day for the Statesboro city election is November 8. According to the city charter, there will be a runoff between the two top vote getters if no one candidate receives 50 percent plus one of ballots cast.
In 2007, Lewis won the District 2 seat in an election that had 689 votes cast.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.